Monday, 11 March 2013
One of our serendipitous finds in Manchester was Barton Arcade, built in 1871.
I associate 'arcade' with pinball or other amusements, but the term had another use before those developed.
Instead, shopping arcades seem to have been the forerunner of the mall. And the word 'mall' meant 'sheltered walk or promenade' before it had anything to do with retail therapy.
There is a splendid arcade in Newcastle that I've photographed but neglected to show you. Shame on me! But I have shared the Block Arcade in Melbourne.
Anyhow, we happened on this lovely building in the midst of a bunch of ugly and ordinary and were enchanted.
I was astonished that office space on the top floor is relatively inexpensive. I would think I was going to heaven each day. Then again, without insulation it might be a bit chilly even with any heat rising.
If you like jazz music, you might find this fashion video from an event at Barton Arcade amusing.